Steve Johnson


NAME: Steve Johnson

SPOUSE: Hannah

LOCATION: Peru, South America


YEAR CALLED: I have felt called to missions since 1993, but have only been in ministry since 2015.

YEAR Joined PEF: 2016

Current Ministry: Pastor/Evangelist in Usphabamba, Peru.

More Information: An Introduction to our Beliefs and Ministry

Our Work in Peru

Steve traveled to Peru for the first time in 2005 with his mom and four younger siblings. After living in the Ayacucho region for three years, mostly working as an English teacher, he went back to the States where he worked as an over the road truck driver for six years. During that time, he earned his BA in theology/ministry. He then returned to Peru in late 2014 and began to work with his uncle, Keith Powlison, who has been a missionary with MTW for almost three decades.

Hannah grew up in Church and wanted to work in missions and particularly linguistics since her early 20's. She graduated from Grace College in 2008 with a BA in art and then began to study master’s level courses at the Summer Institute of Linguistics in ND. When Steve invited her to serve with him in Peru, however, she decided to join him as his wife and helper.

We have now been living in Usphabamba (Uspa-bamba means ash land in Quechua) for six months now. It's a small town of around 150 people and is about 40 minutes outside of Cusco, depending on the speed of the vehicle you're traveling in. We live in a building that was designed to be a church, but has been modified slightly for our needs.

The people here have a long and rather ugly history with "church." The Mennonites were here before the Presbyterians and so the concept is that everybody already knows the Bible. That's the word on the street anyway. So they don't feel like they have anything to learn. They also believe that Catholic and Evangelical theology are in black and white contrast to each other. While this is true in many regards, Steve enjoys pointing out their similarities as a starting point of conversation. He knows from past experience that to focus only on differences of belief is to kill any hope of relationship. So he asks them if they believe in God, if they believe in the Bible, if they pray, and if they sing songs of praise to God. To these questions, the people always say yes with conviction. Steve then invites them to do these things with him at his house, which is also the evangelical church of Usphabamba.

Our passion is to draw these people into a true and loving relationship with Jesus Christ. That is our work here in Peru.

What We Teach

In a word, we strive to teach the whole truth of Scripture. We focus on knowing the Bible and we do our best to apply good hermeneutics and exegesis to all our teaching. But, to be a little more specific, here is a quick overview of our doctrinal beliefs.

1. We believe in the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. We teach that the Bible is the final authority over men as it is the very word of God. It is also the final authority in how to come to God since in it we find His message of reconciliation.

2. We believe that God is the Creator of everything that exists, except Himself. He is the Author of life and in Him all things consist.

3. We believe that God created all things very good, including man. We teach that God's original creation had no flaw whatsoever. Everything was created after the very nature of God and was designed to reflect His goodness.

4. We believe that Satan fell into sin by pride and thus became the author of all lies. He then, being allowed by God to do so, came and tested the man whom God had created and convinced him to sin in a manner like to his own. Adam believed he could become like God and thus fell.

5. We believe and teach that by man's sin came death and pain into God's creation. We believe that the physical curse in the world also represents and is meant to teach us about the nature of the spiritual curse that we are under apart from Christ. Physical death, therefore, relates to spiritual death; physical blindness, to spiritual blindness. Physical laws teach us spiritual truths.

6. We believe that because of our sin nature, the Law of God is impossible to obey perfectly, which is the only way to be right with God apart from Christ.

7. We believe in the Holy Trinity. That God, being one Being, is three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are distinct individuals, though inseparable one from another.

8. We believe that the Son, the second Person of the Trinity, came and became human. He remained fully God, yet was also fully man.

9. We believe that Jesus bore in His body our sins when He died on the cross. When He did so, He also bore God's final wrath for our rebellion against Him, thus reconciling to Himself all who would believe and accept His holy purchase with His own blood.

10. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. On the third day after being crucified, the very same body, though now in glorified state, rose from the dead.

11. We believe that Jesus is now at the right hand of God and is continually interceding for us as our Eternal High Priest.

12. We believe that Jesus will one day return and establish His eternal Kingdom, thus restoring what was His original design for His perfectly good Creation.

The Gospel

"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!'" (Galatians 4:4-6).

This is the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. It is expressed in different ways throughout the Old and New Testaments of Scripture. It is a message of love, of redemption, of reconciliation; but it is also an urgent warning to those who are still separated from Christ that judgment is coming to those who will not listen.

A common means of introducing the Gospel to a person is "The Roman Road." Romans 3:23, 5:1, 6:23, 8:1, and 12:1-2 take us on a journey that begins with our condition as sinners before a Holy God. We then see how faith in Jesus is our ultimate peace with God, (Rom. 5:1). If we continue in sin, we will receive the appropriate wages (death or hell) but the gift of God is eternal life, Rom. 6:23. Once a person is in Christ, he is free from condemnation (hell), Rom. 8:1. Finally, a person who is born again through faith is called to become more and more like Christ through the renewing of the mind (sanctification), Rom 12:1-2.

Newsletters & Updates:

October 2018 Update

September 2018 Update

August 2018 Prayer Letter.pdf

August 2018.pdf

June 2018 Update

Prayer Request 05.15.18.pdf

Quick Update On Furlough.pdf

Quick Update February 2018.pdf

January 2018 Praise and Prayer Report.pdf

December 2017

November Update Final Countdown.pdf

Praise Reports and Prayer Requests 11.13.17.pdf

October 2017

August & September Update 2017.pdf

August 2017 Update.pdf

A Brief Praise Report August 2017.pdf

July 2017

New Beginnings 06.29.17.pdf

June Update.pdf

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017.pdf

February Update 2017.pdf

January Update 2017.pdf


December 2016 Update.pdf

Mini Update 12.19.16.pdf

Ushpa Update November 2016.pdf

11-16 Journey Up the Mountain.pdf

October Update 2016.pdf

September Update 2016.pdf

August Update 2016.pdf

July Update 2016

June Update 2016

May Update 2016.pdf

April Update 2016.pdf

March Update 2016.pdf



Steve Johnson